Six strangers (including cult actor John Saxon!) are invited to tour the legendary back lot of Ultra Studios, one of Hollywood's most venerated movie companies. Before long, the party, along with their eccentric guide (beloved character actor Henry Gibson), find themselves trapped on the set of the infamous House of Horrors, used for the notorious ’60s thriller Hysteria. A sinister force will only allow them to live if they recount their most terrifying stories, just like the characters in the movie…
Comprised of five vignettes by five unique filmmakers with their own twisted, perverse visions, Trapped Ashes follows the tradition of classic anthology horror films like Tales From The Crypt and Kwaidan weaving yarns of the surreal, erotic and terrifying. In the outlandish entry "The Girl with Golden Breasts" by Ken Russell (The Devils, Altered States), a struggling actress's breast augmentation garners more than just attention. Sean (Friday the 13th) Cunningham's "Jibaku" has a married couple discovering the body of a Buddhist monk by a remote ancient temple. The corpse makes his way into their (erotic) dreams and lures them into the dark land of the dead. In "Stanley's Girlfriend," Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting) spins a tale of two ambitious filmmakers in ’50s Hollywood who become unlikely friends, until a mysterious beatnik beauty begins to date one of them -- to gruesome effect. Academy Award winner John Gaeta (visual FX supervisor of the Matrix films) tells of a young expecting mother with a six-foot-long tapeworm growing inside her along with her baby in "My Twin, The Worm."
The narrative thread tying them all together -- the quandary of the captive storytellers -- is directed by Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins).
Trapped Ashes lays out tales of infidelity, sexual obsession, spiritual anguish, necromantic sex, dead souls, warped pregnancies and rotting nitrate film. Featuring an ethereal score by acclaimed Japanese composer Kenji Kawai (The Ring, Dark Water), Trapped Ashes unites these masters of the genre for a joyride of ghoulish delights.
—Colin Geddes, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Hosted by Writer/Producer DENNIS BARTOK
Director: Sean S. Cunningham, John Gaeta, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell, Joe Dante
Screenplay: Dennis Bartok
Cast: Henry Gibson
Producers: Dennis Bartok, Michael Frislev, Yoshifumi Hosoya, Yuko Yoshikawa
Distributor: Lions Gate